Good point Hiker.
I've made the mistake before. I've killed 25 or so muley's and until last year I hadn't had a problem. I was in the timber and had a doe tag opening morning I saw my doe 80 yards away in timber. I checked the head...no antlers...looked for a shooting lane...rechecked the head no antlers...dropped the scope to the neck...clean shot no wasted meat...walked up to the doe and found a 7inch spike buck. I gutted the guy out packed it back to camp and called the game warden. He listened to my story, in which I explained the above, I took total responsibility for not being 100% sure of my target. He took the buck gave me a $65 fine no points and told me to be more careful. Having volunteered for CDOW before it's much better to make things right with the law then try and get around it. If you leave a critter in the woods it is considered "Wanton Waste" big fines and loss of hunting for years to come. The animal that is confiscated is normally processed and given to low income families, senior food programs or other hunters with the same tag that have been unsuccessful. For a mistake that is bound to happen at some point in a hunter's life it's a pretty bright outcome.